Danillo Villefort

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Danillo Villefort
Born Danillo Villefort
(1983-08-05) August 5, 1983 (age 31)
Brasilia, Brazil
Other names Índio
Residence Delray Beach, Florida, US
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Welterweight
Middleweight (currently)
Reach 77.5 in (197 cm)
Fighting out of Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Team Blackzilians
Rank Black belt in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 14
By knockout 5
By submission 5
By decision 4
Losses 5
By knockout 3
By decision 2
Notable relatives Yuri Villefort, brother
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Danillo Villefort (born in 1983) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist. Villefort has fought for the UFC, WEC and the IFL. Villefort is currently under contract with World Series of Fighting fighting in their Middleweight division.

Biography[edit]

Villefort was born in Brazil, he was raised in competition, being the son of Vale Tudo legend Francisco "Master Indio" Silva.[1] He was also the god-son of Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.[2] Villefort is a black belt in Brazilian Jujitsu and has been doing Judo for a long period of time. Villefort is a founder and trains with the Blackzilians.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Villefort was set to face Jake Rosholt but Rosholt came down with an injury, the fight would have to be postponed.[3] The WEC then disbanded their middleweight division. Villefort dropped down to 170 and took a fight at WEC 38. He defeated Mike Campbell by TKO in the first round.[4] After the win, the WEC disbanded the welterweight division, Villefort's contract was picked up by the UFC.

In an interview conducted with FightLockdown prior to his UFC debut, Villefort stated, “The greatest moment [of my career] would have to be when I was in the IFL, when I fought Mike Massenzio. At the time I had only recently opened up my first gym and wasn't training enough for that fight. Everyone was saying Massenzio was “gonna kill me”, but I believed in God, in my Judo, and in my Jiu-Jitsu skills, accepted the fight and I did what I did. Massenzio is very strong guy!”[5]

When asked about his post-fight celebration which entails firing an invisible arrow at his opponents, Villefort stated that "it is just a way to do tribute for my Dad, he deserves more than that, but when I shoot the arrow I make him happy!”[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Villefort made his debut for the Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 101 against Jesse Lennox. He lost by TKO from a cut, controversial as it was from an accidental headbutt. After the loss, he was released by the UFC.[7]

Post-Zuffa[edit]

After being released by the UFC, Villefort signed with upstart promotion, Shine Fights. He was rumored to be fighting Nick Thompson at Shine Fights 3: Worlds Collide, however, the fight never materialized and the event was canceled.

When Drew McFedries was forced to pull out of his bout with Joey Villaseñor at Shark Fights 13, Villefort stepped in for McFedries on short notice. The bout was contested in the middleweight division, a weight class higher than Villefort's normal weight class. He won via unanimous decision.

Villefort next fought Matt Horwich at Shark Fights 14: Horwich vs. Villefort on March 11 and won the fight by unanimous decision 30-27 on all three of the judges scorecards. In the first round he landed three takedowns and good leg kicks. In the second round, Villefort landed a back elbow which opened a gash under the eye of Horwich and the third round was a similar affair to the first two.

Strikeforce[edit]

Villefort was slated to fight Antwain Britt at Strikeforce Challengers 16 in June 2011, but both fighters had to drop out due to injury. He instead fought Nate James at Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte on August 12, 2011, in Las Vegas.[8] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

World Series of Fighting[edit]

Villefort made is WSOF debut at World Series of Fighting 2 against UFC vet Kris McCray. He won by split decision.

On May 16, 2013, WSOF announced a 4 man tournament to crown an Inaugural Middleweight Champion. Villefort along with former UFC vets Jesse Taylor, David Branch, and current MFC middleweight champion Elvis Mutapcic will be competing in the tournament.[9] Villefort took on David Branch in the opening round at WSOF 5.[10] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–5 David Branch Decision (unanimous) World Series of Fighting 5 September 14, 2013 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WSOF Middleweight Championship tournament Semifinal
Win 14–4 Kris McCray Decision (split) World Series of Fighting 2 March 23, 2013 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WSOF Debut.
Loss 13–4 Nate James Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte August 12, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–3 Matt Horwich Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 14 March 11, 2011 3 5:00 Lubbock, Texas, United States
Win 12–3 Joey Villaseñor Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 13 September 11, 2010 3 5:00 Amarillo, Texas, United States Returns to Middleweight
Win 11–3 Cassiano Ricardo Castanho de Freitas KO (punch) Bitetti Combat MMA 6 February 25, 2010 1 0:56 Brasília, Brazil Fought at Welterweight
Win 10–3 John Bryant TKO (punches) C3: Red Rock Jam N Slam 2 October 30, 2009 1 2:50 Red Rock, Oklahoma, United States Return to Middleweight
Loss 9–3 Jesse Lennox TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 101 August 8, 2009 3 3:37 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 9–2 Mike Campbell TKO (punches) WEC 38 January 25, 2009 1 3:53 San Diego, California, United States Welterweight Debut
Win 8–2 Mike Massenzio Submission (kneebar) IFL: Connecticut May 16, 2008 1 3:25 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 7–2 Brennan Kamaka Submission (punches) PXC 14: Evolution March 10, 2008 1 N/A Mangilao, Guam
Win 6–2 Todd Carney TKO (punches) World Fighting Championships 5 October 26, 2007 2 1:31 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 5–2 Clayton McKinney Submission (kimura) Harmful Intent Promotions July 14, 2007 1 3:37 Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Loss 4–2 Todd Carney TKO (punches) Absolute Fighting Championships 19 October 21, 2006 3 2:29 Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Loss 4–1 Rafael Natal TKO (punches) Gold Fighters Championship May 20, 2006 1 N/A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 4–0 Frodi Hansen Submission (rear naked choke) Jungle Fight 6 April 14, 2006 2 0:50 Manaus, Brazil
Win 3–0 Ricardo Dinamite TKO (knee and punches) Minotauro Fights 2 August 5, 2005 1 1:52 Bahia, Brazil
Win 2–0 Alexandre Lima Decision (unanimous) Minotauro Fights 1 May 21, 2005 3 5:00 Bahia, Brazil
Win 1–0 Beto Ninja Submission (armbar) Conquista Fight 2 April 2, 2005 1 4:21 Brazil

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FLD Exclusive with Danillo Villefort". FightLockdown. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  2. ^ http://www.wec.tv/DanilloVillefort
  3. ^ http://mmamania.com/2008/07/16/jake-rosholt-vs-danillo-villefort-wec-36-fight-set-for-september-10/
  4. ^ http://mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=8045&zoneid=2
  5. ^ "FLD Exclusive with Danillo Villefort". FightLockdown. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  6. ^ "FLD Exclusive with Danillo Villefort". FightLockdown. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Strikeforce Challengers 18 Fight Card Gets Danillo Villefort vs. Nathan James". MMAWeekly.com. July 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ MMAjunkie.com Staff (May 16, 2013). "WSOF sets four-man middleweight tourney with Taylor, Mutapcic, Branch, Villefort". MMAJunkie.com. 
  10. ^ "World Series of Fighting 5 to host opening round of middleweight tournament". 

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